The University of Minnesota women's swim team earned three wins on the third night of the 2007 USA Swimming Speedo Champions Series, held at the University Aquatic Center. The Golden Gophers took home the 100-meter backstroke, the 400 free and the 800 free relay.
Former Gopher Katie Wind set a Nationals qualifying time of 2:19.40 en route to her first win of the championship. Wind set a meet record in the preliminary heat with a time of 2:19.13. The Maroon and Gold had two current swimmers compete in the championship final in Deidre DeWall and Ern Forster. DeWall placed third overall with a Junior Nationals qualifying time of 2:22.21, while Forster added a fourth-place finish in 2:22.64. Andrea Hanson competed in the B Final and finished 12th overall in a time of 2:25.50.
Yuen Kobayashi earned her third win of the meet, this time coming in the 400 freestyle. Kobayashi set her third Olympic Trials qualifying time of 4:16.54 to win the event and set a meet record. Kobayashi's previous wins came in the 200 and 800 free events. Following Kobayashi was her teammate Christine Jennings, who touched the wall in an Olympic Trials qualifying time of 4:17.73. Kait Strickland also competed in the event and placed fourth overall (4:23.17), while incoming freshman Courtney Veerman added a seventh-place showing (4:27.09).
Sophomores Kim Kazika and Katie Budahl each competed in the 100 breatstroke finals. Kazika finished with a Junior National qualifying time of 1:13.73 and fourth overall, while Budahl placed 13th in a time of 1:16.22. Roxane Akradi led the Gophers in the 100 fly event, finishing fourth with a National qualifying time of 1:02.95. Incoming freshmen Megan Braun and Kaylee Jamison also advanced to the A Final. Braun placed fifth overall (1:02.96), while Jamison added an eighth place finish in 1:05.18. DeWall and Kayla Redig also competed in tonight's C Final. DeWall placed 20th overall (1:04.94), while Redig clocked a time of 1:05.23 for 22nd overall.
Minnesota's third win of the evening came on the night's last event in the 800 free relay. The foursome of Kobayashi, Jennings, Holtmeyer and Akradi combined for a meet record time and a first-place finish. The relay set a National qualifying time of 8:25.84, breaking the previous record by nearly five seconds. Minnesota's B relay of Stacy Busack, Mereidth McCarthy, DeWall and Hanson earned a sixth-place finish in a National time of 8:40.63.
The final day of the series will be held tomorrow. Finals begin at 6 p.m. Events contested will be the 200 individual medley, the 1500 free, the 50 free and the 400 medley relay. Kobayashi enters the 1500 free as the top swimmer in the event and will look to earn her fourth individual event win.